Quick getaways right here in Arizona

The end of Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. School's out and the temperatures start to rise and that often means it's time to get out of the heat.

Kristen Jarnagin who is with the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association shares some great ways to travel and gave some ideas for a quick trip and fun adventures around Arizona.

First is Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson. Tucson is a few degrees cooler than Phoenix.

The Ventana Canyon is located at the base of Catalina foothills, which offers beautiful views and luxury. Rates start at $99. There's a new summer experience where the AZ Sonoran Desert Museum & Tucson Botanical Garden experts bring animals and exhibits to resort guests making this a fun educational but yet luxurious quick getaway.

I am sure you have heard the London Bridge was Falling Down. So the owners of the London Bridge Resort moved it to Arizona. The original London Bridge, built in 1831 was put on the auction block and purchased by an Arizona developer in 1962 for $2.5 million.

Each brick was numbered, dismantled and shipped to Arizona. The re-built bridge was dedicated in 1971, giving Lake Havasu City its claim to fame, according to Kristen.

The London Bridge Resort is an all-suites property located next to the bridge and right on the water. Kristen says they are opening a brand new water park this year that features a 92-ft water slide and the resort offers many packages with rates starting at $139 for the summer.


Now head to the Grand Canyon Railway, Janagin says this historic train dates back to 1901, when it was the lifeline to the Grand Canyon.

It stopped running in the 60s and was almost destroyed until it was purchased in 1989 as a tourism opportunity.

The train is roundtrip from Williams to the Grand Canyon and is a full day experience starting at $70 for adults and $40 for kids.

An overnight package at the Grand Canyon Hotel for a family of four is around $345 this summer, making this a reasonably priced quick getaway for the whole family.


La Posada Hotel in Winslow, according Kristen, is a restored property located on the historic Route 66 town of Winslow.

Kristen adds that there is amazing history of a Fred Harvey stop along the railroad; this was another Arizona treasure that was on the verge of being destroyed prior to its restoration.

The guestrooms are named after Hollywood stars that would stay at La Posada back in the day, while filming Westerns in Monument Valley, as well as presidents and icons such as Amelia Earhart.

The construction to build this property was over $1 million in 1929. But no worries, according Kristen rates this summer start at $109, and if you want to spend a little more you can get a deluxe room with a whirlpool and fireplace for just $169 per night.


Want to live like Oprah? Then Kristen says to head to the Experience Miraval. This is "THE" place in Arizona for celebrity spotting.

This exclusive spa retreat with luxury inspired by the Sonoran Desert is one of the only all-inclusive properties in Arizona.

They don't really offer summer discounts, according to Kristen. But she adds that this summer they are offering a "Cool Summer Savings" package for $399 per night, but you must stay at least three nights to get this rate.

At this rate you also get a $195 per day activities credit and an upgraded room. Kristen points out that all of your meals are already included, so the $195 goes toward spa credits, horseback rides, golf, zip-lining, private lessons or other not already included activities.

Kristen does acknowledge this is a splurge, but is a truly unique experience that we're lucky to have in our own backyard.

To find our more details of all of these resorts mentioned and find other great places to see and visit in Arizona go to StayinAZ.com .

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